Tag: General Assembly

Limiting Emergency Management Act could lead NC legislative regulatory priorities

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

By John Trump Raleigh, NC – Gov. Roy Cooper won a second term. But he had no coattails.  Republicans picked up four seats in the state House and lost only one state Senate seat. With Cooper officially a lame duck,…

Five North Carolina political questions for 2021

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By John Hood Raleigh, NC – After getting many political predictions wrong in 2016, including but not limited to the results of the presidential election, I threw my long-cherished crystal ball out and started building a new one. Figuratively speaking,…

One on One: Jim Crow is still alive in North Carolina

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Unbelievable when you think about it, how North Carolina maintained its segregated and discriminatory racial system for such a long time. The remnants  of what is commonly called “Jim Crow” are still with…

The voters have spoken, now let’s get to work

By Becki Gray Raleigh, NC – The 2020 election is over. Thankfully and finally. Maybe. Not everyone is happy, and the process may not be perfect, but it works better than any alternative. Before I close my notebook on what…

North Carolina lowers rate of teacher attrition

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By Julie Havlak Raleigh, NC – Before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools, more teachers were staying in North Carolina’s classrooms. North Carolina succeeded in lowering its teacher-attrition rate, even after its budget stalemate froze teacher pay. The state lost only…

Time for Roy Cooper to deal

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has just been re-elected. It’s an outcome his two immediate predecessors, Democrat Bev Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory, were unable to accomplish. A sweet as that victory must taste…

Eight factors shaped N.C. elections

By John Hood Raleigh, NC – Over the course of 34 years penning a column on North Carolina politics and public policy, I’ve seen it all. Or so I thought. Until 2020 came along. It’s not that I proffered a…